Introducing Web Mapping to Writing Studies and Journalism Classes at the University of Minnesota Duluth

Introducing Web Mapping to Writing Studies and Journalism Classes at the University of Minnesota Duluth

Micaella Penning
Research Assistant, GIS Specialist Geospatial Analysis Center
University of Minnesota Duluth
Presented at #NACIS2015

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Nathaniel V. KELSO

October 16, 2015
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  1. Introducing Web Mapping to Writing Studies and Journalism Classes at

    the University of Minnesota Duluth Micaella Penning Research Assistant, GIS Specialist Geospatial Analysis Center
  2. Overview !  GAC Background !  Engaging cross-disciplinary faculty !  Goals

    of using web mapping in non- geography classes !  Examples of classroom activity using ArcGIS Online !  Conclusion
  3. Geospatial Analysis Center Mission To promote and facilitate the sustainable

    integration of geospatial tools and perspectives into UMD teaching, student curriculum, research, services, and operational activities
  4. Wildfires by Cause and Size, 2012

  5. Hurricane Andrew, 1992 •  28,066  homes  destroyed   •  107,380

     homes  damaged   •  250,000,000  people  homeless   •  700,000  evacuated   •  32-­‐44  deaths   •  $43  billion  in  losses  
  6. In addition to giving the students a great picture of

    opportunities for storytelling, you also gave me some ideas for projects…I think there could be some real cross-over appeal between the journalism and GIS programs [at UMD]…Visual Journalism and Data Journalism are two subsectors of the industry that are actually hiring right now… Having this resource for students in the journalism program has allowed us to expand and modernize our curriculum to match industry demands…It would be great to figure out even more ways to get our journalism students exposed to GIS. - Chris Etheridge, UMD Instructor of Journalism
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  11. “How did the ArcGIS project affect your reading of the

    text How Writing Came About?” “What were you able to show or explain through the use of ArcGIS that you would not be able to do through writing alone?” Goals for Non-Geography Students
  12. As a class, we were lucky enough to not only

    be introduced to this remarkable, functional program, but be educated on how to use it at the same time…By mapping several settlements throughout the Middle East and associating a specific token type, either complex or simple, with each settlement, it not only displayed where each token type was concentrated, but also sparked the idea of possible trade routes between the sites, depending on token type. Without mapping, this idea and thought would not have been possible. - Writing Studies student
  13. I found that when reading the more foreign city names

    in the text, I would simply just skip over them. The ArcGIS project gave more value to the name of the city rather than just a name. - Writing Studies student
  14. Conclusion !  Students in from a range of majors –

    English to Neuroscience – learned about the power and potential of web mapping !  Students gained both hands-on experience and learned how GIS and web mapping are being used in writing and journalism !  Potential to spark new interest was created, as they move forward in their education and work !  Students were introduced the possibilities resulting from both spatial thinking and spatial problem solving